So you took a quick look at all the apps installed on your Samsung TV…
And you realized…
You’re barely even using a lot of them.
“How do I get rid of these little-used apps?”
Well, it’s really easy.
All it takes is a few clicks on your remote and…
Continue reading to find out:
- 3 causes why you’re not able to delete an app and how to fix them.
- 7 easy steps to delete an app through Samsung TV’s Manage Storage menu.
- An automatic process of deleting and then reinstalling an app on Samsung TV.
- Step-by-step guide on deleting an app on older Samsung TV models (2015 to 2019).
- And much, much more…
How to delete an app on Samsung TV?
To delete an app on Samsung TV, press the Home button on your remote. Then go to Settings and click Support. After that, navigate to Device Care, then Manage Storage. And finally, select the app you’d like to remove and press Delete. Note that the steps may vary depending on your Samsung TV model.
7 steps to delete an app on Samsung TV
Just a heads up before proceeding with the guide.
There are 2 ways to delete an app on Samsung TV:
- Through the Apps Settings.
- Through the Manage Storage page.
The 7 steps in the heading pertain to deleting via the Manage Storage page.
If you’d like to delete apps through the App Settings, go to our Bonus #1.
Either way’s really easy. And should only take a few seconds.
In addition, the steps would apply for Samsung TV models 2020 or later.
“So what if my Samsung TV is older than 2020 then?”
If that’s the case, don’t worry.
I’ll also be providing steps for the 2017 to 2019 models. As well as the 2015 to 2016 ones.
You can find them in the Bonus #2 section of this guide.
Now, having said all of that…
It’s time to get rid of those unwanted apps.
So make sure your Samsung TV is on. And you have the remote with you.
Let’s dive in.
#1: Press the Home button on your Samsung TV remote
This should take you to the main page of your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub.
Smart Hub is Samsung’s intelligent menu system.
Now, on the bottom of the home screen, you’ll see some of the apps currently installed.
When you click one of these apps, you’ll even see a remove option.
But note that it’s only for removal from the home screen. Not for actual deletion.
#2: Click the Settings option
Click the left side of your remote’s directional button. And navigate to Settings and select it.
It’s the one with the gear icon.
#3: Select Support
Once you’re on the Settings menu, scroll down to Support and click it.
The Support menu’s icon is a cloud with a question mark.
#4: Select Device Care
Under Support, look for the Device Care option and select it.
You’ll then be taken to the Device Care page.
Now, this isn’t really necessary if you’re only looking to delete an app…
But you may also opt to click the “Start Device Care” button.
What this will do is run a diagnostics test on your TV. As well as delete your TV apps’ temporary files. And close unused background apps.
This is really helpful.
Especially if the reason you want to delete an app in the first place is that it’s glitching.
#5: Select Manage Storage
Still on the Device Care page, select Manage Storage. It’s on the bottom-left of the screen.
You’ll now be taken to a page showing all of the apps installed on your Samsung TV.
#6: Highlight the app that you’d like to delete
Using the remote’s directional button, navigate to the app that you’d like to delete. Then click it.
#7: Click the Delete button
You’ll see a delete button on the upper-right portion of the screen. Click it.
A prompt will appear asking you to confirm your decision. Click Delete to proceed with deleting the app.
That’s it! The app’s now completely removed from your Samsung TV’s system.
Bonus #1: Deleting an app through the Apps Settings
An equally easy way to remove apps is through, well, the Apps settings.
Here are the steps to do it:
- On your Samsung TV remote, press the Home button.
- Navigate to the Apps icon.
- Click the Settings option.
- You’ll see all of the Apps installed on your Samsung TV. Click on the app that you’d like to delete.
- Click Delete.
- When a message box appears, click Delete again to confirm.
And if you’d like a visual guide, you may check out this video below:
Bonus #2: How to delete an app on older Samsung TV models
Now, this guide will cover how to delete an app on 5 particular sets of Samsung TV models:
- 2015 models (J, JU, JS Series).
- 2016 models (K, KU, KS Series).
- 2017 models (M, MU, LS Series).
- 2018 models (N, NU, Q, LS Series).
- 2019 models (R, RQ, Q, LS Series).
The method of deleting an app is the same for the 2015 and 2016 models.
While it’s also the same for the 2017 to 2019 models.
How to delete an app on 2015 to 2016 Samsung TVs
Step 1: Press the Home button on your remote and select Apps.
Step 2: Click the My Apps option.
Step 3: Navigate to the Options icon and click it. On the 2015 models, you can find it at the top of the screen. With the 2016 models, it’s on the bottom-right corner.
Step 4: Once the Options menu pops up, click Delete.
Step 5: You’ll now see a checkbox on the upper-right portion of all the apps. Check the ones that you’d like to delete.
Step 6: Select the Delete option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 7: A message prompt will appear asking you to confirm. Click the Delete button.
Step 8: You’ll see a status bar indicating the deletion progress. Once it reaches 100%, click OK.
How to delete an app on 2017 to 2019 Samsung TVs
Step 1: On your Samsung TV remote, press the Home button and select Apps. It’s the one with 4 boxes as an icon.
Step 2: Click the Settings option on the upper-right portion of the screen. It has a gear icon.
Step 3: Navigate to the Downloaded Apps section. You’ll see a row of all the apps you’ve installed. Click on the app that you’d like to delete.
Step 4: When a pop-up menu appears, click Delete.
Why can’t I delete apps on my Samsung TV? 3 causes & fixes
#1: You’re trying to delete a pre-installed app
There are many good reasons to delete an app.
One is that it’s a good way to speed up a slow Samsung TV.
Another is to free up storage when you’re running out of space. And you’d still like to download more apps.
It’s just that when it comes to Samsung TV…
There are apps that aren’t intended for users to delete.
These apps are what’s called the pre-installed or default installed apps. They’re those that are already on your TV when you first purchased it.
Some of these include:
- Prime Video.
Plus a handful of other brand-specific apps like Samsung Gallery and Samsung Internet.
So the main reason you and other Samsung users can’t delete an app…
Is because you’re likely trying to remove one of those pre-installed apps.
When it comes to those apps, the Delete option is really grayed out by design.
But don’t worry, though. If you’re really intent on removing those, there’s an actual workaround.
How to fix it:
The workaround is to switch to Samsung TV’s Developer Mode.
People usually go to this mode when installing 3rd party apps on Samsung TV.
But this mode should also allow you to delete pre-installed apps.
Here are the steps to do it:
Step 1: Press the Home button on your remote and go to Apps.
Step 2: Pull up the on-screen keyboard and click the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Step 3: You’ll see the Developer Mode menu. Click On, then click OK.
Step 4: A message box will indicate that Developer Mode status is on. You’d then be asked to restart the TV to fully activate this mode. Simply press the remote’s power button for about 2 to 3 seconds until it restarts.
Step 5: Once the TV is back on, return to the Apps menu. There should be an indicator on the top-left of your screen that Apps is now on Develop Mode.
Step 6: Click the Settings icon.
Step 7: You’ll now see a row of all the apps installed. Highlight the one that you’d like to delete. If the Delete option is still grayed out, don’t worry. Simply scroll down to the Deep Link Test option.
Step 8: You’ll see 2 textboxes. One for Payload and another for Content id. No need to enter anything. Just click Cancel.
Step 9: The Delete option should no longer be grayed out. You may now click it to uninstall the app. And then click Delete again to confirm.
#2: Smart Hub is experiencing a temporary glitch
Now if you’re only trying to delete an app that you previously installed yourself…
And you’re somehow getting an error…
It’s likely only due to a temporary glitch on your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub.
As with any software, temporary malfunction does happen with Smart Hub from time to time.
How to fix it:
The easiest fix for this would be to perform a power cycle.
A power cycle is a simple process of restarting your device.
Here’s how you can do it with your Samsung TV:
- While keeping the TV on, unplug it from the outlet.
- Wait for about 30 seconds.
- Plug the TV back in.
Once it’s powered back on, go back to Smart Hub’s Apps menu. And see if you’re now able to delete an app.
#3: Your Samsung TV’s firmware is outdated
Another possible reason you can’t delete an app…
Your Samsung TV’s firmware is outdated.
Samsung releases firmware updates periodically. To enhance features. And to fix possible bugs.
So it’s a must to keep your TV’s firmware up to date to avoid malfunctions.
How to fix it:
You can manually check if there are available updates.
- On your remote, press the Home button and go to Settings.
- Scroll down to Support, then select it.
- Click Software Update.
- If there are updates available, you’ll see an Update Now button. Click it.
The update download and installation should then begin.
People also ask:
How do I uninstall and reinstall an app on my Samsung Smart TV?
To uninstall and reinstall an app on your Samsung Smart TV, click the Home button on your remote. Then select Apps. Then click the Settings icon. And finally, select an app and click reinstall. It should automatically uninstall and then reinstall the app.
One of the many great features of Samsung TVs…
Is that there are a couple of ways to uninstall and reinstall an app.
First: You can do it the old-fashioned way. By completely deleting the app initially. And then searching, downloading, and reinstalling the app.
Second: You can do it the fast way. By clicking the Reinstall button. And having your Samsung TV automatically do the uninstalling and reinstalling process.
Either way is fine.
I’ll provide you with the steps for both methods. So it’s up to you which one you’d like to do.
How to automatically uninstall and reinstall an app
- Press the Home button on your Samsung TV remote and go to Apps.
- On the Apps page, look for the Settings icon and click it.
- You’ll see an entire row of installed apps. Select the app that you’d like to uninstall and reinstall.
- When the menu pops up, select Reinstall.
The reinstallation process should then begin. You’ll be notified once it’s finished.
How to manually uninstall and reinstall an app
- On your remote, press the Home button and then select Apps.
- Click the Settings icon.
- Select the app that you’ll be uninstalling.
- On the menu that pops up, click Delete.
- You’ll be prompted to confirm this decision. Click Delete again.
- Press the Home button on your remote, then go to Apps.
- Click the Search icon. It’s the one with the magnifying glass.
- Type in the name of the app that you’d like to install.
- Once you find it, click the Install button. The download and installation process should begin.
- Once it’s successfully installed, you’ll see an Open button. Click it to launch the app.
Regardless of which method you choose, both accomplish the same thing. And both are highly effective in troubleshooting a glitching app.
You might also want to check out: 11 Easy Steps To Fix “Samsung TV Error 012”